There are many ways for a person to exercise and build muscles but the best way to actually shed pounds, stay heart healthy, and even to keep a positive attitude, is by engaging in aerobics exercises.
Aerobic exercise has been defined by Wikipedia is “physical exercise that intends to improve the oxygen system. Aerobic means ‘with oxygen’, and refers to the use of oxygen in the body’s metabolic or energy-generating process.”
Basically this means you are getting your heart rate up, but you are still able to breathe well enough to carry on a conversation.
Examples of Aerobic Exercises
Activities that are considered aerobic generally incorporate your larger muscle groups because these are the ones that get your heart pumping.
Some good examples of aerobic exercises include but are not limited to running, jogging, walking, stair climbing, cross country skiing, dancing, biking, roller skating, swimming, kickboxing, and elliptical training.
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A Healthy Lifestyle
Doctors and personal trainers recommend doing some sort of aerobic activity for a half an hour to an hour five to six days per week.
This type of activity schedule is your first step to a health lifestyle.
Not only will your heart stay healthy with regular aerobic exercises, but your bones, your mental health and your joints will stay healthier.
Experts have long discussed the power of endorphins. Endorphins are chemicals that are released during exercise and enjoyable activities and they truly create a sense of happiness.
Many people with mild depression can treat their symptoms with regular aerobic activity alone.
Studies have also shown and proven that people, who have engaged in regular aerobic activities, suffer less from joint pain and osteoporosis later in life than those who are more sedentary.
How do you get moving?
You are more likely to consistently exercise when you are doing something you enjoy. If you have never liked running, then you probably won’t start now.
If you love cross country skiing, but don’t have access to enough snow or winter weather, try an elliptical machine at your local health club or park district.
If you love dancing and music, start taking kickboxing or dance aerobics classes at your health club.
There are also many DVDs available with aerobic routines on them to keep you interested.
If you are a social exerciser, consider getting involved in a walking, running, swimming or biking club. For many people, this keeps them motivated to continue to exercise if they have to commit to other people.
Like to Golf?
Golfing can be a great aerobic activity if you try to walk the course while pulling your clubs in a cart or even carrying them.
Team sport person?
Most health clubs, YMCAs and park districts have basketball or volleyball leagues that will keep your heart pumping.
Boot camp classes also offer great aerobic activity with a team-sport feel to them to keep you interested.
If you haven’t been exercising at all for a year or more, it is very important to start slowly.
Talk to your doctor and make sure you are in good health before starting any program.
Work your way up
Once you start exercising again, start with just ten minutes per day of your activity of choice and work your way up by five to ten minutes for six or more weeks until you can handle the full hour of aerobic activity.
It is very important to warm up with a slower version of your activity before you let your heart rate rise.
Also stretch for ten to fifteen minutes after you’ve completed your aerobic activity.
Motivate yourself by weighing in or taking measurements before you start your program. After six weeks, you should see a positive change.
If you plateau, it just means you are ready for a longer and more rigorous aerobic session.